SAN RAFAEL -- Freshman Nathan Brickman scored the go-ahead goal with less than three minutes to play and goalie Cam Bosshart turned away a brisk Marin Catholic attack in the final minutes as the Acalanes High boys lacrosse team captured the program's first North Coast Section Division II championship Friday with a 9-8 victory at Dominican University.
The second-seeded Dons (19-4) stayed with top-seeded Marin Catholic (17-7) throughout the game, which saw four ties and three lead changes. On the tie-breaking goal, Brickman faked high then rolled his shot past the goalie to give Acalanes the lead it would not relinquish.
"This is a great moment for us. It's a great moment for the program," said Acalanes coach Brent Ringwood, who has been with the team for eight years -- six as head coach. "This is how we play against Marin Catholic. Our games are always tight."
The Dons lost to Marin Catholic by one goal in the 2011 final and beat the Wildcats in double-overtime earlier this season.
Acalanes' Wesley Greason led the winners with three goals, and two assists. Nick Hallmark had three goals for Marin Catholic, while teammate Chri Hill added two goals and two assists. MC's Austin Colvin added two goals.
Bosshart, a junior, had seven saves against the aggressive Marin Catholic offense — including a pair of saves in the final minute.
"Marin Catholic wasn't going to give up and we knew that," Ringwood said. "Our goalie did everything right at the end. He made sure we finished on top."
Trailing 3-1 midway through the first quarter, the Wildcats scored four consecutive goals thanks to two goals by Hallmark, plus scores by Hill and Colvin. But the Dons stayed within striking distance, responding to MC's only three-goal lead by scoring four in a row to take an 8-7 lead. Colvin's goal with 5:10 remaining tied it 8-8.